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The rise of the dual-clutch gearbox
Although Porsche was actually the first manufacturer ever to develop a dual-clutch gearbox (on its 956 and 962 racing cars in the 1980s) it wasn’t until the 2000s that double-clutch transmissions became prevalent in road cars.
The 2003 Volkswagen Golf R32 was the first to feature a gearbox with two clutches – one that handles first, third and fifth gears, the other that copes with second, fourth and sixth – allowing seamless switches between ratios and next to no loss of drive.
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Being a Merc driver with an Automatic gearbox. It is the most expertly built car in the world as far as i,m concerned. I have had mine 4 years and it has never had a breakdown or let me down in any way. It is serviced when the lights tell me and it has been all over Europe This new gearbox has to be the way forward for fuel efficiency.
Too many gears would mean the management wouldn't know which gear to use at which time.
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